England wing Jack Nowell claims he’s fighting fit after summer of rehab

England wing Jack Nowell is preparing to hit the road again after undergoing ‘almost like a big MOT’ this summer. Nowell missed England’s three-Test South Africa tour in June following a testing campaign last season when injuries hit him hard. But after having ankle ligament surgery two months ago, the 26 times-capped Exeter back is…

Closing NZ’s border against extreme pandemics stacks up, study finds

OLIVER LEWIS Last updated 02:15, August 9 2018 STOCK IIMAGE New research suggests closing New Zealand’s borders in the face of a severe global pandemic stacks up economically. A rogue form of artificial intelligence creates a bioweapon and uses it to escape from human control. It sounds like science fiction, but New Zealand researchers have presented…

Gonzalo Quesada takes over at the Jaguares

Date published: August 8 2018 Former Stade Francais boss Gonzalo Quesada has been announced as the Jaguares’ new head coach following the departure of Mario Ledesma. Ledesma will lead Argentina into the 2019 World Cup in Japan after a successful year in charge of the franchise and Quesada has been confirmed as his replacement. The…

Destructive South African scrummager Tom Botha reveals he wants to play for Wales

New Ospreys recruit Tom Botha is setting his sights on playing Test rugby for Wales. The strong-scrummaging South African moved to the Liberty from the Cheetahs earlier this summer. The Ospreys have recruited him as a replacement for Dmitri Arhip, who has joined Cardiff Blues after a proposed switch to Montpellier fell through. Despite his…

Ministry of Education advertises NZ as having ‘the Indian Ocean on its doorstep’

JESSICA LONG Last updated 22:55, August 8 2018 STUFF A Ministry of Education advertisement placed New Zealand in the Indian Ocean. Imagine waking up every morning in a city lacking pollution and overcrowding, while from your doorstep you can watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean. That is the picture a Ministry of Education advertisement painted of…

Jonny May eyes room for improvement

Date published: August 8 2018 England wing Jonny May has targeted continued improvements in his game after producing some of the best rugby of his career over the summer. The Leicester Tigers wideman scored in all three Tests against South Africa in June, taking his streak to crossing in the last five times he has…

Gavin Henson: Dragons back hopes this season will not be his last

Gavin Henson won the last of his 33 Wales caps in 2011 and played one Test for the 2005 British and Irish Lions in New Zealand Gavin Henson hopes this season will not be his last as a professional rugby player. The double Grand Slam winner and British and Irish Lion says he hopes to…

Petition to ban gay conversion therapy presented to Parliament

FELIX DESMARAIS Last updated 19:18, August 8 2018 1 NEWS A 20,000-strong petition calling for sexual orientation and gender conversion therapy to be outlawed is presented to Parliament. A few weeks after coming out as pansexual, Teri O’Neill was offered the chance to speak with a priest at her Catholic high school to make sure her “strong…

Quiz: Name the player

A bit of fun here as we’re challenging you to name the players we have blanked out. Good luck with these. var VUUKLE_EMOTE_SIZE = “”; VUUKLE_EMOTE_IFRAME = “” var EMOTE_TEXT = [“HAPPY”,”INDIFFERENT”,”AMUSED”,”EXCITED”,”ANGRY”,”SAD”] The post Quiz: Name the player appeared first on Planet Rugby. Source link

RFU eager to avoid ‘civil war’ over former chief Francis Baron

The Twickenham civil war intensified on Tuesday despite the RFU claiming they did not want to go back to the days of factions and battles within the ruling body. Former chief executive Francis Baron has written a damning 40-page report, commissioned by a group of past presidents, highlighting where he believes the RFU have gone…

Johnny Sexton: Fly-half named as Leinster captain

Sexton has scored 1,344 points for Leinster since making his debut in January 2006 Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton will captain European and Pro14 champions Leinster during the 2018-19 season. The 33-year-old takes over from Isa Nacewa, who retired for the second time at the end of the last campaign. Since making his Leinster debut 12…

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